Pretentious and Too Complicated
Revolver is one of those movies that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It has the chance to be great and starts off quite well, but eventually loses its way and fizzles at the end. It is a major disappointment for the viewer who was expecting so much more.
The major problem with Revolver is that the plot is simply too complicated. Guy Ritchie introduces so many motifs and themes that the story just gets lost in the shuffle. We don't know what's real or what's imagined, eventually we have to wonder what the purpose of this whole thing is. The shift from crime drama towards psychological thriller near the end is one of the major problems as Ritchie can't quite settle on a tone for the film.
Jason Statham is well cast as Jake Green, a shifty con man, as is Ray Liotta as the angry casino boss Dorothy Macha. However, the endless voice overs and internal struggles from Statham become more annoying than helpful as the film plods along. The mysterious loan sharks, played by Vincent Pastore and Andre Benjamin play a central role in the film, although their purpose is never really explained until the very end.
Revolver is simply too complicated and pretentious for this viewer, which is a shame because parts of it are very clever. Revolver could have probably been done as psychological thriller and maybe the story wouldn't have been lost. Overall, Revolver is a misfire from Guy Ritchie and is best avoided.